Second line, or Second lining is a parade unique to New Orleans. During slavery much of what is now known as the United States of America, many slave activities- especially those resembling an African tradition- was prohibited, because white inhabitants felt threatened. Therefore, dancing circles over time became dancing lines and used during processions. After the Civil War white insurance companies refused to give insurance to freed slaves. Africans formed social clubs, to benefit members. Membership benefits included a brass band at funerals - which New Orleans is known for - as well as an annual parade.
This modern day tradition, born out of ignorance and racism, has become a festivity that holds a community together as well as celebrate the ancestors.
As the Christmas season is here, ask yourself what goals, ideas or moves have you put on hold to please someone else. Don’t let anyone’s lack of vision stifle yours from growing.
The ancestors have shown us time and again to keep pushing forward. In the 9th Ward and Lower 9th Ward people still suffer from the effects of Katrina and gentrification. Yet, they still find a reason to celebrate. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of your dreams.